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Denis Villeneuve Will Direct the Blade Runner Sequel

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Variety reports that Prisoners and Enemy helmer Denis Villeneuve is in negotiations to direct the second Blade Runner movie. The sequel, written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green, reportedly takes place several decades after its predecessor. No other plot details have been made available. But for what it's worth, the script is apparently the best thing Harrison Ford has ever read, which in itself might be the best thing ever because he's notoriously said he had no idea what was going on in the first movie. Regardless, Ford will be back as Rick Deckard, whether the whole replicant thing makes sense or not. »


- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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Empire Co-creator Danny Strong Addressed Lingering Rumors About the Show

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Appearing on Sway in the Morning, Empire co-creator Danny Strong sat in the hot seat on Thursday, fielding a number of questions on Fox's surging show. He didn't have any spoilers for listeners, but he did tease Raven-Symoné's big forthcoming episode, and shared some other gems, such as how Scandal helped him and Lee Daniels pitch the show. An underrated highlight here is Sway saying over and over how badly he wants to go back on the show (sometimes subtly, but usually not). Here are five fun tidbits — including semi-quashed rumors (Strong is really good at saying, "You should check with Daniels on that one!") — we learned from the interview, thanks to Sway and Co.:1. Strong's Alter Ego = Lil' Quentin Strong grew up renting movies from the same store that employed Quentin Tarantino: "I was 10, 11, 12, and I would go to this local video store, »


- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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Kanye West Breaks Down in Tears in New Interview; Discusses Drake, Paul McCartney, and More

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Next week Zane Lowe will leave BBC Radio 1 for Apple, and he's scored none other than Kanye West for what may be his last major interview. Lowe famously hosted what many consider to be one of Kanye's best interviews ever in 2013. And the new interview lives up to that hype — Kanye even invents a word! Speaking for 40 minutes, Kanye touches on Drake, Paul McCartney, his new album, and more. At one point the interview has to be stopped when Kanye breaks down in tears while speaking on the death of Central Saint Martins professor Louise Wilson.On his new album: "The College Dropout came out of a fight to want to rap. This new album's coming out of a fight to want to design. It's a joyful noise unto the Lord. It is still the struggle, but it's the beauty from the struggle — like the song »


- Dee Lockett

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What Should Happen Next Season on How to Get Away With Murder

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How to Get Away With Murder has had quite a banner freshman season. It's as buzzy as buzzy gets, Viola Davis's performance has been superb, plus the show got to pioneer network television's discussions about analingus. Oddly, the show has still not officially been renewed for a second season yet, even though Davis has tweeted that season two is in the works and ABC has every reason to want to keep the show around. Let's assume for our purposes that Htgawm will be back for a second season, and that tonight's finale is just a season and not a series closer. (It's a safe, safe bet. Fear not.) What could another season of the show look like? Here are a few suggestions.Get rid of everyone except Viola Davis.Annalise is obviously the most interesting character on the show, and Davis is by far the most engaging cast member. »


- Margaret Lyons

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Banksy’s Gaza Kitten Is Shaming Your Internet Habits

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No one throws a guilt trip quite like Banksy. Case in point: The street artist just released a two-minute video that shows him sneaking into Gaza to embellish the area’s bombed-out ruins. The video satirizes travel ads in typical heavy-handed Banksy style. It also features three new pieces: a man knelt in grief, children using an Israeli guard tower as an amusement-park ride, and a kitten with an enormous pink bow. “A local man came up and said 'Please — what does this mean?''” Banksy writes in the kitten's caption. “I explained I wanted to highlight the destruction in Gaza by posting photos on my website —but on the internet people only look at pictures of kittens.” He isn't subtle, but he gets his point across. »

- Claire Landsbaum

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Watch the Visually Remarkable Trailer for Bill Plympton’s Cheatin’

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As computer-animated movies continue to become more prevalent, does it ever seem to you like they're all becoming one homogenous cartoon, where the faces and aesthetics all look weirdly similar? At least you'll never mistake the hand-drawn animation of Bill Plympton for anything else. You may recognize Plympton's iconic work from films like I Married a Strange Person and his collaborations with Kanye West and Madonna, and Vulture can exclusively premiere the trailer for the award-winning animator's new film, Cheatin’. Inspired by the works of Double Indemnity author James M. Cain, it's a story about love, lust, and jealousy, but the trailer is also a spellbinding tribute to hand-drawn creativity, and it might be the prettiest, most unusual thing you watch today. Cheatin' is out in theaters April 3. »


- Kyle Buchanan

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Here’s Where We Stand on True Detective Season 2

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The second season of True Detective is currently shooting, which means that the next installment of the series is well on its journey from meme to actual thing. It's been a few months since the last time we checked in with Nic Pizzolatto's dark dream, so here's what we know now about its cast, production, and plot. (There will be mild spoilers, so don't read this post if you want to go in as blind and pure as a newborn.) The Cast What we already knew: Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn will star, with Farrell as "compromised detective" Ray Velcoro and Vaughn as Frank Semyon, "a career criminal in danger of losing his empire." What we know now: Rounding out our quartet of leads are two more Hollywood reclamation projects, Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch. McAdams is Ani Bezzerides, a "no-nonsense" sheriff, while Kitsch is Paul Woodrugh, a veteran »


- Nate Jones

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Jay Z on Jay Pharoah’s Jay Z Impression: Hahaha, Yep!

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One of SNL's favorite tricks is interrupting a cast member's impression of a famous person with an appearance of the actual famous person. As Jay Pharoah tells "Page Six," that same thing recently happened to him in real life. "At the after-party [for SNL 40], Jay Z came up to me and said, 'What up, fake Jay Z, hahaha,' and he just walked off," Pharoah recalled. Then it got better: "Beyoncé was like, 'I don’t want to say anything about you because I don’t want you to impersonate me.'" All this story needs is a random "Hova!" to be absolutely perfect. »


- Nate Jones

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Empire Continues to Surge, Breaks On-Demand Record

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The #DripDrop don’t stop. Fox’s Empire is breaking ratings records — and not just the ones measured by Nielsen. Vulture has learned that the Lee DanielsDanny Strong hip-hop soap opera has become the first TV show to rack up more than 1 million views on Comcast’s XFinity TV on-demand platform within a week of its linear TV debut. It broke this barrier with its February 11 episode, generating more plays than established blockbusters such as The Walking Dead and Modern Family. The good news for Fox: The massive VOD audience isn’t hurting Empire’s same-day viewership at all; if anything, it might be helping it. Last night’s episode saw the show grow its audience yet again, with preliminary Nielsen data showing Empire surging to roughly 14 million viewers and a 5.3 rating among viewers under 50. That’s up nearly 2 million viewers since the show broke the 1 million barrier on Xfinity. »


- Josef Adalian

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What TV Will Cubans Watch on Netflix?

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In the year 2000, photographer Simone Lueck documented Cuban TV habits in a photo series, a project she picked up again in 2010. "The first thing I noticed in Havana was that the city was dark at night,” she wrote. “There were no streetlights, porch lights, or living-room lamps. It was pitch black except for the faint colorful glow spilling out of open doors everywhere, and it came from the TVs."For services like Netflix and Amazon, the growing thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations opens up new opportunities to reach Cuba's avid TV consumers. Earlier this month, Netflix became the first entertainment provider to move into the country. “Starting today, people in Cuba with Internet connections and access to international payment methods will be able to subscribe to Netflix and instantly watch a curated selection of popular movies and TV shows,” Netflix announced in a press release. Soon after Netflix's move, »


- Yasmin S. Portales-Machado,Ted Henken

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Pimp My Ride, Like Your Entire Childhood, Was a Lie

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Excuse us if we're bursting your bubble here, but it turns out that MTV's beloved fixer-upper car show Pimp My Ride was total bullshit. The Huffington Post interviewed a few of the show's past contestants, who each had different complaints about the show's "reality" — everything from producers removing the add-ons after the show was done taping ("they actually take out a lot of the stuff that they showed on TV") to "pimped" items that "were occasionally put into cars with no intention of them ever working in real life." Whoops! That cotton-candy machine Xzibit excitedly installed in your ride? Well: "They installed [it to] fit into the trunk without leaving enough room for the dome top to keep the cotton candy strands 'from flying all over the place.'" That same guy tells HuffPost that the show even "went the extra mile to make me look extra fat by telling the world »


- Lindsey Weber

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Baz Luhrmann Tells Us All About His New Netflix Show, The Get Down

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Baz Luhrmann has started casting his new Netflix drama The Get Down — and he’s not just looking for established talent with agents. In an exclusive interview with Vulture, the director/producer says that while he’s “already looking at some great talent out there who are professionals,” he’s also determined to feature undiscovered performers on his first-ever TV series, which will explore the rise of hip-hop culture from the ashes of New York City’s 1970s malaise. To find that unknown talent, Luhrmann and his production team today are launching TheGetDownCasting.com, a site where performers will be able to submit video auditions. Their initial focus: finding African-American and Latino actors (male and female) between the ages of 18 and 21. “The thing is, the entire show is hung on bright young people,” Luhrmann explains. “There are many professional [actors] at that age. But I don’t want to miss some »


- Josef Adalian

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Conan O’Brien, America’s Comic Diplomat to Cuba

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One of Conan O’Brien’s favorite moments from his trip to Cuba over President's Day weekend occurred when he was trying to learn how to sing with a "real serious Cuban band." "I’m not quite getting it, and then I burst through using eighth-grade Spanish to improvise this song," said Conan. "I’m saying things like, The cat is in the sky, the dog has no milk, but I’m singing full-out with great passion, and the band is really cracking up." Afterwards, he asks his bandmates for their thoughts. They were all being very diplomatic and gave him kudos for effort. "Then I look at this one guy in the back, the percussionist, and I go, 'What did you think?'" He looks at Conan and just shakes his head and says, "No." "Everybody laughs at me, and I’m glad he’s getting the laugh at my expense. »

- E. Alex Jung

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Nashville Recap: Boardroom Blitz!

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That awkward moment when you’re just trying to get your daughter out of her ironclad recording contract and you end up vanquishing your enemy and taking down an entire music label instead. Oops. I love when that happens.Yep, Rayna is celebrating. Not because Edgehill is dead (she actually feels kind of bad about that). And not because she got Jeff fired (okay, maybe a little because she got Jeff fired). But because she’s promoting Bucky to head of A&R. She pops the Champagne cork with one hand like a boss (seriously, when I do it it involves towels, protective eyewear, and sirens to clear the surrounding area) and lays out the new normal to Bucky: Edgehill artists are ripe for the taking. The key is going after the artists who are Highway 65–worthy. First order of business: Will Lexington. As for Will, he’s giving a »

- Max Weiss

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New Accuser Says Bill Cosby Assaulted Her in 1984

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Yet another new woman is accusing Bill Cosby of sexual assault, claiming the comedian abused her in Nevada in 1984. Former model Heidi Thomas tells CNN that she was approached by an agent who told her Cosby was looking for "young talent [to] mentor." She says she accepted, and was promptly flown out to Reno to meet with him. While there, Thomas says, Cosby instructed her to act drunk, then gave her a glass of wine that made her memory "foggy." She claims she later woke up in bed with him "forcing himself in [her] mouth," but left before Cosby could have sex with her. Thomas says she initially blamed herself for what happened and even apologized to Cosby for being "rude." But now she tells CNN she wants to look the comedian in the eyes and ask him, "Do you remember me?" »


- Nate Jones

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In the Age of Hacking, Is the Con-Artist Movie Genre Dying?

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Focus, the new film starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie, is a giddy love letter to a lost art: not the art of the con man (though it is that, too), but the art of the con-man movie. Con-artist movies are dying off, or at least finding it nearly impossible — like some grizzled, old-school grifter set in his ways — to adapt to the modern world, a place where you’re less likely to get your wallet pinched than to have your PayPal hacked. In Focus, Smith plays just such a grizzled old-school grifter, Nicky Spurgeon, while Robbie plays Jess, a fledgling hustler looking to Nicky for tips (and maybe more — dun dun dun!). As Nicky inducts her into his underworld of scoundrels, cutpurses and flimflam artists, the film nods dutifully to modern cyberscams — Atm skimmers, credit-card fraud, identity theft — but who are we kidding here? What we really want to »


- Adam Sternbergh

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Do You Ever Intend to Actually Buy an Album Ever Again? If So, It’ll Come Out on a Friday Now

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Back in the dark ages (or, you know, 2003), people would line up around the block at their local record stores to buy the newest albums. It would usually happen every Tuesday, but, alas, that tradition is no more. In addition to record stores being dead, so is the Tuesday album release date. Thanks to Beyoncé (but mostly piracy), starting this summer, all albums worldwide will come out on Fridays. That means no more having to wait days or even months for an album that's out in New Zealand to hit iTunes in America. So the next time U2 decide to stick their album on your phone without asking, they'll get to ruin your entire weekend, too. »

- Dee Lockett

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House of Cards Showrunner Beau Willimon on Frank Underwood’s Worldview, the Nature of Power, and the Singularity

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Beau Willimon agreed to speak with Vulture about the third season of House of Cards with just one tiny catch: He was not going to disclose anything about the third season of House of Cards. Willimon artfully avoided giving a direct answer to almost every question he was asked as he spoke by phone while driving through Kentucky, apparently home to our nation’s spottiest cell service. (An accident, or a convenient ploy to drop the call whenever a question forced a too-revealing answer? We may never know.) Frank Underwood would be proud. Still, Willimon had plenty to say about everything but the plot of the new season. Topics discussed include: the nature of power, the Netflix leak, the singularity, what conversations Willimon has with Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright during rehearsal, and whether or not there is such a thing as objective morality.It feels like the best place »


- Jessica Goldstein

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The Americans Recap: Age Is Just a Number

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Oleg goes for a run in the park, where he finds Stan waiting for him. Running is a great sport to take up if you want to have clandestine meetings, according to television. Stan thinks the defector Zinaida isn't really a defector, and if Oleg can give him proof, the Americans can trade her for Nina. Oleg, to his credit, thinks this sounds like a trap so obvious it might as well have been engineered by a cartoon coyote; still, he can't totally resist the delicious birdseed of saving Nina, so he decides to try.After drinking some whiskey with the inscrutable new agent Tatiana — who makes a backhanded compliment about how much he's enjoying his American posting — Oleg turns the conversation to the defector and suggests that, hey, wouldn't it be a great idea if they trained one of their agents to defect? She gets a look in »

- Laura Hudson

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The Best Moments From House of Cards Season 2 in 14 Gifs

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House of Cards' third season hits Netflix at midnight (3 a.m. for those on the East Coast, sigh), and if, like most, you binge-watched all of season two in one weekend over a year ago, it's probably one giant blur. Why is Claire so upset? Where's Freddy? What happened to Doug? And how the hell did Frank even get to be president, anyway? As a quick refresher, we've recapped all the best — and most likely essential to season three — moments from last season in 14 GIFs. (Spoilers ahead, obviously.)Episode 1, “Chapter 14” The show's most shocking plot twist to date (and that's saying something): Frank Underwood kills Zoe Barnes. Episode 2, “Chapter 15” Frank, after finagling his way to the highest ranks of the White House in season one, is sworn in as vice-president. Episode 4, “Chapter 17” Claire Underwood lies in a TV interview about having an »


- Dee Lockett

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